ANGRY theatre-goers are slamming the council for faulty barriers at the car park causing them to be late for a performance yesterday.

Dozens of people were attending the performance of Tubular Bells 50th Anniversary Concert at the Wycombe Swan on Sunday, March 12, when they were struggling to enter the car park.

A customer, who wishes to remain anonymous, contacted the Free Press complaining about the "standstill situation" at the council-owned car park entry barrier failing to open.

This resulted in theatre-goers being "hugely late" for the performance. 

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She said: "Once again chaos reined as Wycombe Swan car park entry barrier failed this evening, (Sunday 12th March) causing huge tailbacks on the flyover and the Marlow Hill descent, and a standstill situation on the 'magic roundabout'.

"Swan Theatre staff took a battering from angry theatregoers who were hugely late, including ourselves, for a performance of Tubular Bells. 50th Anniversary concert, and, I'm guessing, some may have even missed the show altogether, judging by the non-movement of traffic.

"Theatre staff apologetically informed us that the car park is not owned by themselves, but by Bucks Council, and therefore a refund or recompense for a missed show was not possible, nor could a delayed concert start be requested."

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The resident claims the theatre staff asked Buckinghamshire Council "repeatedly to 'sort' the intermittent faulty entry barriers."

After much discussion with Wycombe Swan staff, the resident gave up queuing and parked elsewhere.

Adding: "Theatre visit aside, surely the wider traffic chaos caused by the barrier failure is of great concern? An instance in question is the fire station which opens onto the flyover - their vehicles would have great difficulty in accessing the thoroughfare in an emergency due to the stationery traffic generated by a deficient car park barrier."

Buckinghamshire Council has been contacted for a comment.